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One Person’s Story

M. D.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 27, 2011
Location of Killing: Karaj, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug possession

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. M. D. along with six others was published on the websites of Alborz Provincial Courthouse and Central News Unit on January 27, 2011, quoting the Central News Unit of the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office in Karaj.         


Arrest and Detention

There is no specific information on the defendant’s arrest and detention.



This trial took place in the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Karaj. No further information is available on this trail.       



The charges against Mr. M. D. were announced as "participation in possession and purchasing of 4.980 kilograms of crack."         


The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.  International human rights organizations have drawn attention to reports indicating that Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for alleged drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. Thousands of alleged drug traffickers have been sentenced to death following judicial processes that fail to meet international standards. Scores of them were executed based on a 1989 law imposing mandatory death sentences on drug traffickers found in possession of specified amounts of proscribed narcotics (5 kg of hashish or opium, and more than 30 grams of heroin, codeine or methadone). The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of Guilt

The report of this execution did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against the defendant.


No information is available on the defendant's defence.    


The court condemned Mr. M. D. to death and the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court. The defendant’s pardon request was denied by the Judiciary Pardon Committee. He was hanged at Qezelhesar prison in Karaj on January 27, 2011.        

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